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Cardiff City FC Foundation wins £35k grant for education programme

Mark was delighted to hear about the success of Cardiff City FC Foundation in winning a public vote to gain funding for setting up an interesting and important education programme to help people from disadvantaged communities in South Wales. Cardiff City FC Foundation is a charity in Cardiff West. It has been successful in winning £35,000 in grant funding from NatWest to run their programme, ‘The Full 90’ Enterprise Academy. Cardiff City FC Foundation is an independent charity, that works in partnership with Cardiff City Football Club, with a mission to use the power of sport to change lives. This funding will be used to introduce a new business and enterprise education programme to support 90 Academy Members from disadvantaged communities in South Wales. The funding will go towards the services of a qualified tutor and deliver a programme of extra-curricular workshops, mentoring and support. This grant has been provided from NatWest’s £2.5 million Skills & Opportunities Fund, available on a competitive basis to projects run by charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland. The Fund helps people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access Read more [...]

Visiting Wales’ first Fuel Bank

My heart goes out to anyone struggling to afford food. For those who can’t afford food, clearly paying energy bills can be tough too.

So, I warmly welcome the news that the Trussel Trust Cardiff Food Bank are now offering a Fuel Bank, to offer energy credit to people in need of it. Many food parcels are given out to people who have no way to cook, often because they cannot afford the electricity. You can read more about the Fuel Bank scheme here.

I visited the Food Bank this morning to see for myself. Many thanks for the welcome I had there. Keep up the good work.

20160523 Cardiff Foodbank Fuelbank

Fairwater Community Hub a success

Mark was impressed by the facilities on offer at the new Fairwater Community Hub, which he visited today. Mark commented: "This Hub builds on the success of Hubs in other communities, such as Ely and Caerau in Cardiff West. They have become important resources in the community, and people in Fairwater will now be able to benefit too from this investment from the Labour Cardiff Council." Local Fairwater Councillor Paul Mitchell also attended, and said: "It was thanks to Mark Drakeford's early support that we were able to secure the grant for the initial development of the Hub. What a wonderful resource it now is for Fairwater." Peter Bradbury - Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise - has implemented the Hubs Strategy and added: "The Hubs provide a much better service, all under one roof and fully accessible. There is a library, advice on housing, on benefits and on employment, an IT suite, community rooms, and a café. There is free wi-fi throughout." Read more [...]